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Church of Spies: The Pope's secret war against Hitler

Church of Spies: The Pope's secret war against Hitler (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Riebling, Mark

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A radical reinterpretation of the wartime Pope Born Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII is perhaps the most vilified and detested Pope in modern history. Pius XII and the Vatican are thought to have appeased Hitler and betrayed international Jewry by staying silent during the Holocaus...t. The accusation has fundamentally damaged the Catholic Church's moral standing, and earned Pius XII the nickname 'Hitler's Pope'. But this narrative - of a spiritual leader who stumbled in the world's greatest hour of need, of a man determined to look the other way - is not the complete story. In Church of Spies, intelligence expert Mark Riebling uses a wealth of recently uncovered documents to redraw the conventional image of the wartime Pope, who, in his account, was not Hitler's lackey, but an active anti-Nazi spymaster. Using documents recently released by the Vatican Secret Archives and the British Foreign Office, Riebling shows that the Church's wartime campaign against Hitler was far more extensive than ever thought - and that many actions were intended to undermine the Nazi regime, and were approved by Pius XII himself. In the end, Pius XII was neither a righteous gentile nor Hitler's Pope. He was a politician, at a time when the world needed a prophet.
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ISBN 9781925106862
Published NZ 23 Sep 2015
Publisher Scribe Publications
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781925106862
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Scribe Publications
Imprint Scribe Publications
Published 23 Sep 2015
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Riebling, Mark
Category World History: Second World War
Military History
Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church
Christian spiritual & Church leaders
Battles & Campaigns
Australian
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 154mm
Height: 233mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 940.53
Weight 506g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text General/trade

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